VMAs Rewind Playlist

Shaylen Stancil, Contributing Writer

The annual MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are an anticipated event for artists to put together show-stopping performances for their newly released music. This playlist is a throwback to the 2000s, with some of the best VMA performances from this decade.

2000 – “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem
In this performance, Eminem rapped with hundreds of men all dressed exactly like him. This song won VMA’s for “Video of the Year” and “Best Male Video.”

2001 – “I’m A Slave 4 U” by Britney Spears
Britney Spears gave this performance a permanent spot in music history when she performed with a python wrapped around her neck.

2002 – “Like I Love You” by Justin Timberlake (ft. Clipse)
Justin Timberlake’s Michael Jackson-inspired performance of “Like I Love You” was his solo debut single after the separation of pop boy band NSYNC.

2003 – “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce (ft Jay Z)
Even in the 2000s, Beyonce and Jay Z were a power couple — their performance was a hard-hitting, soulful performance of “Crazy In Love.” She won the awards for “Best Female Video,” “Best R&B Video,” and “Best Choreography.”

2004 – “Hey Ya” by OutKast
“Hey Ya” is that funky tune that never gets old regardless of how many years go by. The music video won four VMAs in one year!

2005 – “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
“Since U Been Gone” is one of those iconic songs that everyone sings along to in the car. Clarkson was singing and jumping around with the crowd and everyone was living in the moment.

2006 – “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic! At The Disco
Panic! At The Disco had the crowd pumped with their guitar-heavy performance of “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” This was their first music video, which ended up winning “Video of the Year.”

2007 – “Wall to Wall” by Chris Brown
Starting off as an ode to Charlie Chaplin, and turning into intricate street-style choreography, Chris Brown snagged everyone’s attention with his performance of “Wall to Wall.”

2008 – “Lovebug” by The Jonas Brothers
Although The Jonas Brothers’ performance of their rock ballad “Lovebug” took place on the Back Lot and not the Main Stage, they still stole the show.

2009 – Michael Jackson Tribute Performance by Janet Jackson
The unexpected death of Michael Jackson in June 2009 was difficult for the entire music industry. His sister, Janet Jackson, did the honor of giving him a tribute performance, including his greatest hits, “Thriller,” “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal,” and ended with their duet, “Scream.”